North Dakota State Bison (3-6) at Western Illinois Leathernecks (2-6)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:30 pm (Western Hall)
The Line: Western Illinois Leathernecks +7.5 -- Over/Under: 137 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The North Dakota State Bison and the Western Illinois Leathernecks meet in college basketball action from LeRoy A. Utkes Court on Sunday afternoon.
The North Dakota State Bison will look to build off of their 68-50 win over the Leathernecks in the first half of the back-to-back on Saturday. Rocky Kreuser leads the Bison in scoring with 13.3 PPG as well as logging 5.9 RPG while Tyree Eady is 2nd with 11.8 PPG along with 5.9 RPG of his own and Sam Griesel is 3rd in scoring as well as tops in rebounding with 10.2 PPG and 7.3 RPG this season. Maleeck Harden-Hayes is North Dakota State’s 4th double-digit scorer this season, putting up 10.1 PPG on the year. As a team, North Dakota State is averaging 64 points on 40.9% shooting from the field, 33.9% from 3-point range and 74.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.8 points on 43.4% shooting from the field, 33.9% from 3-point range and 74.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.8 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 32.2% from 3-point range this season.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks will try to rebound after their loss to the Bison on Saturday. Tamell Pearson leads Western Illinois in scoring with 12.3 PPG as well as leading the Leathernecks in rebounding with 7.9 RPG this season. Will Carlus is 2nd in scoring with 11 PPG and Justin Brookens is 3rd in scoring with 10.5 PPG as well as putting up a pair of assists per game this season. Marcus Watson Jr. also has a team-high 3.3 APG this season to lead WIU in that department. As a team, Western Illinois is averaging 69.9 PPG on 39.4% shooting from the field, 30.3% from 3-point range and 60.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.8 points on 45.9% shooting from the field and 38% from 3-point range this season.
North Dakota State is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games while the over is 13-6 in their last 19 games following a loss. Western Illinois is 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games following a loss. The favorite is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.
It’s always going to be hard to beat the same team twice in a back-to-back, but Western Illinois has simply been god awful against the number for some time now, especially at home and I just don’t see that changing overnight. I’ll lay the points with North Dakota State in this one.